Saint Luke's nurse details her COVID-19 vaccine journey

Kristin Sollars was the first nurse in the health system to get the vaccine three weeks ago.
Nurses getting vaccine
Posted at 7:10 AM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 19:09:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The front line workers at Saint Luke's got their last dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine last week.

A little more than three weeks ago, the hospital started to vaccinate front line workers. Kristin Sollars was the first nurse at Saint Luke's to get the shot as she works frequently with COVID-19 patients. Pfizer recommends that anyone wait 21 days after the first dose before getting the booster.

Sollars said she felt some symptoms from the last dose of the vaccine.

"I had a much more sore arm than I had the first time. I had a mild headache. I was more tired than typically for about 24 hours or so. I took a couple of doses of ibuprofen or Tylenol and then felt a lot better," Sollars said.

Doctors said with this second dose, there is a little higher rate of those immune responses like Sollars had, but it should only last less than 24 hours.

"I think the biggest advice is just to remember that most of the side effects that you are getting ready to experience from this are just like the side effects that you would get from your tetanus booster or from your annual flu shot. There are not really big scary side effects. There are just the side effects that say my immune system is waking up and it's looking to create a response to this new foreign entity," Sollars said.